GROWING up in Bulawayo’s high density suburb of Mzilikazi was never easy for Warriors midfielder Kudakwashe Mahachi.
He talks about how his late mother, Sibonile Moyo, did everything in her power to raise him. She went out of her way and sold sugar and bread in the streets for the footie star to go to school.
After school, the former Lobengula Primary and Mzilikazi High School pupil, would join his mother to sell sugar and bread for the family’s income.
The former Chicken Inn, Bantu Rovers and Highlanders midfielder has always said it is these life experiences that have greatly moulded him and at a time he is enjoying rich pickings from the lucrative South Africa’s Absa Premier Soccer, the player, through his newly established The Mahachi Foundation, has seen the need to give back to the community that he grew up in.
Courtesy of his foundation initiative, Makokoba’s 11th street ground will be the place to be for schools sports enthusiasts, as the foundation plays host to a four-team Under-18 anti-drug and substance abuse tournament that will feature Mzilikazi High, Mpopoma High, St Columbu’s and Sobukhazi High.
“It’s just a way of giving back to the community that Mahachi grew up in.
Through his foundation we saw it fit to host such a tournament.
Many youths are now fond of taking drugs and abusing substances.
The tournament has been organised as a means of combating the abuse of drugs among the youth and also to instil personal development for the youth through sports,” said Mahachi Foundation chairman Mduduzi Ncube.
At the soccer tournament, all the participating teams will each get a full set of playing kit.
Also, the competition’s Player of the Tournament, Top Goal Scorer and Goalkeeper of the Tournament, will have their school fees paid by the foundation till they complete their studies.
Ncube added that Mahachi’s childhood friend and fellow Warriors player Marvellous Nakamba would be the guest of honour at an event where there would also be a surprise prize for the Player of the Tournament.
The foundation’s launch function was held in mid May at Ekuphumuleni Old People’s Home in Mzilikazi where various food stuffs and toiletries were donated to the elderly.
“I have always wanted to come up with such a foundation and help the community.
I am looking forward to doing more community work with the foundation, all thanks to the almighty God,” said Mahachi who is now in the books of Supersport United.